Sean Paul continues to prove he has the right formula for success in music.
Sean Paul continues to fly the flag of Dancehall high around the world. The dominant artist has once again claimed a Gold record for his song “Calling on Me,” featuring Swedish singer Tove Lo. The song, which was released back in February this year, was certified gold in Hungary by the Hungarian Recording Industry Association. This is Paul’s 19th Gold-certified record, with several Platinum records under his belt as well.
It earned the certification after an impressive amount of both global audio and video streams, which totaled a whopping 82,959,424. At least 66,049,785 are audio streams and 16,909,639 are video streams. The song was also wildly popular on YouTube, racking up over 12 million views since its release. “Calling Me” was produced by Banx and Ranx and released by Island.
The numbers were also impressive in many European countries, including France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Strangely enough, the song that didn’t do so well on the Jamaican charts also gained a lot of attention in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, and Vietnam.
Paul spoke with Jamaica Observer’s Splash and spoke about his feelings at hearing that yet another of his songs had attracted Gold. he said that he was extremely humbled with how well it was performing. He also said that the song has a very special meaning to him because he wrote it for his family, including his father, who recently passed away.
On choosing Tove Lo to collaborate with, he said he was impressed by the singer’s voice and her following and said that he was sold after seeing her live in concert in Europe. He described her as a free spirit and felt that the message of the song fit her personality.
“When I sent the song to her, she sent back messages that she loved the song and the beat,” he said.
His international success and fame have not stopped him from remembering his roots, as he still works closely with Dutty Rock Productions. He also mentioned some projects that are in the works, which include hitmakers like Shenseea and Agent Sasco.
“We are about the drop a project called Swiss Cheese rhythm which features Ding Dong, Chi Ching Ching, Shenseea, Sizzla, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin, and a collaboration with Shaggy and Gyptian, “ he said.
Always hard at work, Paul added that he is also working on a Dutty Rock and Friends album that will have collaborations with Squash, Busy Signal, Buju Banton, Jesse Royal, Serani, and Mavado. A lot of the collabs will be the first time for him. Even as he works assiduously on these projects, somehow, he is finding the time to work on another album.
He has two albums left to create for Island Records under his current deal, and one is expected next year and will feature Jada Kingdom, Gwen Stefani, and Shenseea.
Paul has a long list of accolades since bursting on to the Dancehall scene in the 90s, which includes some prestigious awards like a Grammy, Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBO), an American Music Award, several American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards and an MTV Europe Award.
Paul had to fight to be shown the respect he deserves and detailed earlier this year how he felt discriminated against at his first Grammy show in 2004. He continues to show that he has a successful formula for churning out the hits.
Bounty Killer Fix His Crown On ‘King Of Kingston’ Cover Art & Put Artists On Notice
Bounty Killer fix his dancehall crown on the cover art of his forthcoming album, King of Kingston. The dancehall legend used the opportunity to put every other artists dropping album this year on notice.
2021 has been the year for dancehall albums, and another major release is on the horizon. Veteran deejay Bounty Killer has announced that he will be dropping his hot new project, King of Kingston, sometime this year.
In true Bounty Killer style, the artiste gave the confirmation on Instagram yesterday (May 14), writing, “Y’album alerts the coming is near.”
The Warlord has been regarded as one of the most entertaining dancehall acts of his day, and he ensured that this stayed fresh in the minds of his followers, as he bashed other entertainers who have released albums this year.
“Side Note: Since everybody and dem granny making album this year all of a sudden let me make this clear all who and who dropping dem little dumpling thing dweet fast and move bcuz when GIANT a feed up a pudding pan kerosene tin business in other words the BIGGEST BADDEST and the BEST dancehall Y’album for the last two decades is…………..LOADING,” he wrote in the caption.
The timing of Bounty’s announcement, along with the shady message, had fans thinking the artiste was taking a jab at Alkaline, who released his “Top Prize” album yesterday. Despite the dig (intentional or not), it’s undeniable that Alkaline’s album has been making waves even before its launch. “Top Prize” has been trending both locally and internationally, becoming the #1 pre-ordered album on all major streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, in the week before it launched.
Still, Bounty’s comments might not have been directed at the young artiste as several dancehall artists, both newcomers and veterans, have either launched or announced albums in the past few months. These include Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, Masicka, Beenie Man, Shenseea, Popcaan, Jada Kingdom, and Intence.
It’s clear that Bounty’s album is one of the most highly anticipated. The comment section of his announcement was flooded with upbeat responses from fellow artists who expressed excitement about the album. Bugle commented, “Ready and a wait caz mi know it a go great [fire emojis].” Baby Cham also commented fire emojis, while Trelawny native Charly Black said, “Well turrrrrble [fire emojis].”
On another post that highlighted an image of Killer (which we assume is the album cover), Vybz Kartel also expressed anticipation, writing, “TPC [fire emojis].” The two have had their differences in the past but seem to have mended fences in recent years.
The deejay’s last album was Ghetto Dictionary: The Art of War, which was released in 2002.
Bounty Killer is one of the greatest of all time in dancehall. The legend, often referred to as The General, rose to fame in the early 1990s when he cemented himself as a gritty hardcore deejay from Seaview Gardens in Kingston. His him community likely helped inspired the title of the album, King of Kingston.
Since his early days as a ruthless hardcore deejay, Bounty Killer went on to become one of the most celebrated names who ever pick up the mic. With numerous classics under his belt including several international collabs, fans are clued in for his upcoming project.
Lil Reese Now In Stable Condition Expects To Recover From Being Shot
Lil Reese’s condition has now been listed as stable, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
The Chicago rapper was shot and beaten up at a parking garage at Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Saturday. Multiple sources say he was attacked for allegedly stealing a car, and the vehicle’s owner tracked him down and confronted him. A fight ensued, and Lil Reese and two other men were shot in the process.
All three men were transported to a local hospital where Reese’s condition was reported to be grave after a video shows him bleeding from his head on the ground. His manager posted a message asking fans to pray for the rapper and his family.
According to TMZ, Lil Reese, 28, was grazed in the eye by a bullet, but one of the victims was shot several times during the melee.
A graphic video is currently being circulated on social media showing a man closely resembling Lil Reese on the ground bleeding from his head. Another man in the background, who was not on camera, was heard yelling at him as first responders tried to help. The man heard yelling is believed to be the owner of the stolen vehicle.
Police also found a Dodge Durango riddled with bullets on the scene. The SUV is rumored to be the stolen vehicle.
At the time of this publication, Lil Reese is expected to recover from his injuries but remains in the hospital getting treatment.
This is the second time that Lil Reese is surviving a gun attack in the past two years. In November 2019, he was shot in the neck by an AK47, and many believed then that he wouldn’t survive, but he pulled through. He lost his voice as a result of that attack and had to learn to rap again.
Drake Praised Kodak Black Calling Him A “Poet” and “Oracle”
Drake is a big fan of Kodak Black music.
Drizzy has commended Kodak Black on his new project titled “Haitian Boy Kodak.” The eight-track project was released on Friday (May 14), and on Saturday (May 15), Kodak disclosed that Drake ‘hollered’ at him via a direct message on Instagram and commended his work. The “ZEZE” rapper posted a screen recording of the conversation on his Instagram page.
“Man you always give me that inspiration,” one message read. Drake, whose Instagram handle is @champagnepapi continued, “Real POET”…. “Oracle.”
To these compliments, the 23-year-old Kodak Black responded, “I Wanna B Like You Bra, You The Greatest.” In a separate message, the rapper also jokingly said “Sign Me” with a laughing emoji.
“Man let’s do some music for sure,” Drake responded, also using a laughing emoji. “But for real you really on another level,” he added.
“Haitian Boy Kodak” is the first project since Kodak’s release from prison earlier this year. The young rapper was supposed to spend 46 months in prison for falsifying documents to obtain firearms in 2019, but his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump on his final day in office.
Although the rapper’s legal troubles seem to be far from over, he is still pursuing and pushing his music career. Notably, this is not the first time that the 34-year-old “God’s Plan” rapper commended Kodak on a new project.
Kodak’s December 2018 album “Dying to Live” also gained a compliment from Drake.
“Bro your album really one of my favorites in the last five years,” he said in one of the messages. In the other messages, he said, “The bars you are rapping about friends and your purpose is so pure.”
“What got you there? Like you are almost talking from this god level birds eye view of your own life. I wanna know how you broke that wall,” he added to his flattery. Kodak shared the messages on his Instagram page.
NBA YoungBoy Apologize To Pregnant Girlfriend Jazlyn Mychelle & Promises To Act Right
NBA YoungBoy pens letter to fans, and mother of his child, Jazlyn Mychelle
NBA Youngboy has confirmed that he is expecting his 8th child. The confirmation came on Friday (May 14) by way of a letter purportedly from the rapper, which was posted to the Instagram page of his manager. NBA is currently incarcerated on charges of possession of firearms as a convicted felon and possession of a firearm that is not registered.
Since his incarceration, the rapper has been communicating with fans on the outside world through letters. Last month, he wrote a letter addressing his critics, among them talk show host Wendy Williams. Wendy had spoken on NBA Youngboy’s arrest, saying he had to go to jail and that he needed to be careful as he had seven young kids to care for.
In response to Wendy’s criticism, YoungBoy wrote, “I can leave my kids millions of dollars to divide but can’t give them the time they truly deserve.”
NBA YoungBoy continued, “Nobody understand me they never did sh*t some times I don’t understand myself but that’s fine because I’m okay I ain’t looking for you to feel sorry I just ask for one thing- For you to let me suffer in peace tell MS. WENDY WILLIAM I say she got a good soul and she’s a beautiful women I can see that threw all the bad comments thrown at her tell her count her blessings (STAY IN GOOD SPIRIT) Sincerely Kentrell.”
In his latest letter, the rapper, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, speaks on the people around him suggests that he has nobody to support him in his time of need.
“I have a hard time paying attention i then gave and i then been there for people without having nobody to be there for me even with people i talk to now if they wasn’t waiting to receive or been giving something already they wouldn’t be here,” he wrote.
The letter continues, “Im a man before anything I had to apologize to myself for not protecting my heart and allowing most of this to happen i read letters from my supporters and find joy inside and yes i said that right (my supporters) yall are not fans we scream F.A.N together (f*ck a n*gga) LOL.”
He addressed persons speaking on his name and asked them to stop. “but all jokes aside,” he writes, “i ain’t got nothing against nobody i dont want no problem neither just stop speaking on me we don’t concern each other.”
That was followed by the confirmation of another child on the way, this time with his latest flame Jazlyn Mychelle. “I really just want to be there when my daughter born i want to be in the same house as her while she grow up i never had that experience,” he wrote.
He further apologized to his girlfriend for his previous actions with other women and promised to be there once she did not leave him. “Jaz im sorry (ma’ma) I promise im sorry for every time i said something to another woman for every time they ever gotten the chance to come around ill give you anything for you not to leave anything to have you when its all said and done.”
It’s clear that the rapper is feeling vulnerable about his relationship, but by all indications, Jazlyn will be sticking by her man. Since his incarceration, she has posted several throwback images and videos of the two, alongside the hashtag “free him.”
Jazlyn Mychelle has since responded to fans saying, “If you don’t know the situation between him and somebody else don’t speak on it because obviously you a fan to the sh*t.”
NBA is expected to appear in court in June to answer to the gun charges against him. Until then, he remains locked up at a facility in Louisiana.
Lil Reese In Grave Condition After Being Shot In Chicago
Lil Reese is currently hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in Chicago.
The incident reportedly took place at Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Chicago, while the rapper was inside a parking garage. According to CWB Chicago, two other men were also shot, and all three were rushed to local hospitals. Sources say Lil Reece is currently in grave condition and the condition of at least one of the victims remain unknown, one of whom was reportedly grazed by bullets.
One of the victims is a 20-year-old man, and the other is a 27-year-old male who was with the 28-year-old rapper. Police officers also found a bullet riddle Dodge Durango that was reported stolen. The vehicle crashed near the scene, but when police arrived, there were no occupants.
A video has since been making the rounds online showing the aftermath of the shooting incident. The graphic clip shows a man closely resembling Lil Reese on the ground and bleeding from his mouth as someone in the background yelled, “die n***a.”
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Lil Reese previously survived a shooting incident in November 2019 in the suburbs of Chicago. The rapper was shot in his neck with an AK47 rifle while at a stoplight. He sought medical attention at South Suburban Hospital’s emergency room in Hazel Crest but was transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after police discovered that he was the victim of the shooting incident.
Reese lost his voice as a result of that attack and has struggled to regain it ever since.
Over the years, Lil Reese has been embroiled in several beefs with rappers like Tekashi 6ix9ine and Quando Rondo. Quando is accused of being involved in King Von’s death, and Von and Reese were close friends.